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Have you ever wondered what inspired Mike Oldfield to record his iconic 1973 tune ‘Tubular Bells’? Musos will say it was his percussion instrument of tubular-bell chimes, but we are convinced he was paying tribute to the tubular-bell-shaped Lachenalia, also known as Cape cowslip or wild hyacinth. Often bi-or tri-coloured, there are over 120 species of Lachenalia from South Africa and Namibia. Just imagine all of these colours dancing in the wind as if swaying to the sound of Oldfield’s verses, spreading their sweet scent as they rock to and fro. Blooming from July to October, Lachenalias may be short in stature, their flowers growing on spikes of about 25cm, but what they lack in height they more than make up for with their vividly coloured blooms. With jewel bright blooms and attractively spotted and dappled foliage, these South African charmers are ready to take centre stage when most of the garden is deep asleep - in winter. This Saturday our Market florist Manon Botha, has a large variety of Lachenalia in pots for R60 each.